Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance Framework, Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and Its Related Instruments in the Southeast Asian Seas and the Indian Ocean

Training Programme Information:  

  • Offered by the IOI in Phuket, Thailand
  • Annual four-week course (first annual held over three weeks in 2016) residential training programme
  • Coverage of regional ocean governance issues with specific emphasis on the Southeast Asian Seas and Indian Ocean
  • The training programme theme is based on an integrated ocean governance approach following the principles established in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It focuses on a holistic approach to ocean governance and the necessity to align practices to the evolving global environment in the light of advances in science and technology
  • The training programme focuses on an integrated, interdisciplinary, inter-regional, and cross-cultural approach. It applies legal, ethical, environmental and economic principles with the support of science and technology aimed at realistic ocean management and sustainable development. The training programme aims to establish bridges between science and engineering aimed at more adaptive management and policy making. It uses real-time observations with modelling/prediction methods to improve rapid assessments and sound decision-making
  • The course consists of three (3) modules, presented daily over 20 days, on a full-time basis. Topics are clustered into three modules and include two field trips, and a number of simulation exercises and hands-on sessions
MODULE 1: Global Ocean Governance Framework
MODULE 2: Managing Our Relations with the Ocean in the Southeast Asian Region
MODULE 3: Conflict Management and Consensus Building

-  Cardivia Simulation Exercise

-  Field Trip 1 (land based) to the Phuket Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Centre, Phuket Marine Biological Centre,     Phuket Aquarium

-  Group Exercise - Applying Tools for Managing Environmental Impacts in Coastal and Marine Environments

-  Field Trip 2 (ocean based--aboard MV Fahsai) - Kai Nai Island and Mai Ton Island to view artificial reef substrate

    deployment in response to destruction of natural coral reef, view impact of tourism on coastal areas, land reclamation, and         multi-use port facilities.

-  SWOT Exercise

-  Atlantis Simulation Exercise

-  Round Table Discussion with six International, Inter-governmental, Regional and National organisation representatives


2016 Training Programme


The first training programme to be offered by IOI in Thailand entitled Regional Ocean Governance Framework, Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and its Related Instruments in the Southeast Asian Sea and the Indian Ocean was held from the 28th February to 19th March 2016 in Phuket, Thailand. The training programme was directed by Ms Margaret Wood (former Director of IOI Canada). Support was provided by the IOI Thailand Training Centre, and staff from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR).


Twenty-two participants from nine countries - Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand - attended the training programme delivered over three weeks. The participants came from a wide range of academic, employment and voluntary marine related sectors: fisheries, environmental policy and planning, aquaculture, shipping, coastal management, disaster preparedness and management, conservation, deep sea technology, research and development, and more.


For more information either kindly contact Mr. Kunjapong ANURATPANICH, Director of IOI-Thailand (kunjapong(at) or click on the IOI-Thailand website here.   


A short report of the course is provided in the latest edition of the IOInforma news bulletin (04/16) available for download here or in the Archive section.